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April 25, 2020

Creamy Garlic Chicken Skillet (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

This creamy garlic chicken skillet is made with tender seared chicken breast, and covered in a creamy, dairy-free garlic sauce. It’s an easy, low carb, 30 minute weeknight dinner that everyone will love. Paleo, Whole30, and Keto too!

chicken breast covered in creamy garlic sauce in skillet

I am a BIG fan of Italian food, but it’s often hard to find a guilt-free dish that’s still full of flavor. That changes today with this Creamy Garlic Chicken, which is gluten free, dairy free, paleo, and Whole30.

This dish takes merely 30 minutes to prepare, but the end result is so fantastic that you can confidently serve this to your family on a Wednesday evening or special occasion.

chicken breast in skillet covered with sauce and garlic cloves

Cooking The Chicken

For this recipe I like to buy two large chicken breast and slice them in half. This makes for thinner chicken breast so they cook faster and more evenly. You could also buy four thinly cut chicken breast.

Chicken breast do have a bad rep for being to dry or tough after being cooked, but rest assured the chicken in this recipe turns out juicy and tender.

Start by browning the chicken breast in the skillet. Saute for 4-6 minutes on each side until they are a golden brown color. Transfer the chicken to a plate, and begin making the creamy garlic sauce.

cooked chicken breast in skillet covered in sauce

Making The Sauce

This creamy garlic sauce is super easy to make and the end result is a full-bodied flavorful compliment to the chicken.

Melt ghee over medium heat in the same skillet and saute the minced garlic for 2-3 minutes or until fragrant. Add the rest of the sauce ingredients and let it simmer in the skillet for 2-3 minutes, or until the sauce starts to thicken.

Return the chicken to the skillet and spoon the creamy sauce over the chicken. Serve the dish hot and garnish with fresh parsley. –Enter irresistible garlic heaven.

chicken breast covered in lemon garlic cream sauce in skillet

All The Garlic

The ingredient list below isn’t a typo, garlic is your friend with this dish and in life.

I promise the garlic isn’t overpowering at all, just make sure you caramelize the garlic before making the sauce. This removes the pungent taste to the garlic, and brings a hint of sweetness.

You can either use whole garlic cloves (for a milder sauce) or mince your garlic for this recipe. Go here for detailed tips on the correct way to peel garlic. To save time you can also buy minced garlic or pre-peeled garlic cloves too!

Garlic Chicken Additions

This Creamy Garlic Chicken is a great standalone dish, but you can enhance the flavor by adding some of the ingredients below; if you’re feeling adventurous.

  • artichoke hearts
  • cherry tomatoes
  • sauteed mushrooms
  • cooked chopped bacon
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • fresh spinach
  • kale
creamy garlic chicken in skillet

Tips & Variations

  • Make with other proteins: if you don’t have chicken breast, feel free to make it with other proteins like chicken thighs, chicken tenders, pork chops, steaks, salmon, or shrimp. Be sure to adjust cooking times accordingly.
  • Don’t overcook the chicken: Chicken is notorious for posing a danger when under-cooked. However, chicken will still be tough if it’s overcooked. Measure temp during cooking to ensure the correct doneness.
  • Use fresh garlic: for the most flavor, use fresh garlic. However, if you are rushed on time feel free to use jarred minced garlic.
  • Buy full-fat coconut milk: coconut fats are great for you so don’t fall for the “lite” version. Full-fat coconut milk gives the sauce it’s thick and creamy texture, so don’t skimp out.

What To Serve With Creamy Garlic Chicken

This garlic chicken recipe pairs well with cooked rice, roasted broccoli, green beans, asparagus, or zucchini, gluten free pasta, or a salad.

More Paleo Chicken Recipes:

Creamy Garlic Chicken

Skillet Creamy Garlic Chicken (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

  • Author: Abbey Blackwell
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This creamy garlic chicken skillet is made with tender seared chicken breast, and covered in a creamy, dairy-free garlic sauce. It’s an easy, low carb, 30 minute weeknight dinner that everyone will love. Paleo, Whole30, and Keto too!



For the chicken breast:

  • 4 small-medium boneless skinless chicken breast or 2 large, halved lengthwise
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ghee

For the creamy sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 1 head of garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth or stock
  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot starch, optional, to thicken sauce


  1. Season the chicken breast on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat ghee over medium heat in skillet. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken and saute’ for 4-6 minutes on each side until cooked and golden brown. Transfer cooked chicken to a plate.
  2. In the same skillet, over medium heat, melt ghee. Add the minced garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken broth, coconut milk, lemon juice, paprika, Italian seasoning and arrowroot starch (optional) to the skillet. Whisk together. Simmer for 2-3 minutes for sauce to thicken and reduce heat to low. Return the chicken to the skillet, and spoon the sauce over the chicken. Garnish with parsley. Serve hot.


  • If you have thick chicken breast, cut them in half lengthwise into 4 cutlets.
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Skillet
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: paleo creamy garlic chicken, one pan creamy garlic chicken

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